Monday, March 31, 2008

Exp(os)elled!

I know, I know.  I'm a little late to the party.  Everyone was abuzz about the Myers/Dawkins move theatre scandal... and it was priceless.  It took over the internet so fast I saw no reason to post about it.  But now I want to link to Eugenie Scott's anti-Expelled webpage; expelledexposed.com

Go there now and go there often.  Link to it if you have a blog or a webpage.  As Genie mentioned on the SGU podcast this week, how great would it be for this to come up every time someone googled Expelled?  I'll tell you the answer... super-great.

DS

Thursday, March 20, 2008

I'm Lame

It's true, I suck.  I've been so busy lately I haven't had time to write anything.  Every time I sit down and start, I become distracted with something else.  What can I say, I'm not a professional blogger... yet

Anyway, I recently finished reading Niel Shubin's Your Inner Fish.  I give it a big thumbs up. It's an extremely approachable book, that details some of the vast amounts of evidence for evolution.  It also nicely explains how fossils are found, dated, and analyzed.  My favorite part though, was towards the end when he described several evolutionary byproducts - physilogical problems we acquired because because our evolution went a certain way (for example, why we hiccup and why we get hernias).  It's good for two reasons; it certainly educated me about these details, and it will make (hopefully) some people wonder 'why would god design us with big holes in our abdomen where our gonads are supposed to be when it occasionally leads to our spilling out?  Good Stuff!

DS

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Downtime

It's been a few weeks since I've posted.  I feel bad about that, but hey, I've been busy.  I'm writing a paper, which is extremely exciting for me, but also extremely time consuming.  Anyway, I want to post something so I thought I would pass along this  interview that I heard with Dave Acer on the Skepticality podcast.  I'm embarrassed to say that I had never heard of this TV show, nor had I heard of Dave Acer (I don't have kids, and I don't watch TV).  But I'm glad to see anything that promotes critical thinking in kids at an early age.  It doesn't take away from a child's imagination to ask them to think carefully about the likelihood of something being true.  Anyway, give it a listen.  I think I'll buy the DVD for my nephews.

DS